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Here Star Wars, I Fixed Your ‘Force Awakens’ Lightsaber Crossguard For You

techcrunch.com — The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer features all kinds of things that make my diehard Star Wars soul quiver and dance, but the crossguard on the dark side lightsaber spotted in the teaser, while initially cool, increasingly isn't one of them.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @crecenteb: TC replaces crossguard lightsaber with french baguette lightsaber and cheese slicer lightsaber. techcrunch.com/2014/11/28/her… Someone was hungry!

Nov 28, 2014

"Here Star Wars, I Fixed Your ‘Force Awakens’ Lightsaber Crossguard For You" tcrn.ch/1pweRSD

Nov 28, 2014

You could watch the Star Wars trailer anywhere, but @drizzled lays out why the medieval sword lightsaber needs a fix techcrunch.com/2014/11/28/her…

Nov 28, 2014

just when i thought i couldn’t love @TechCrunch more, they come out with this awesome article on that sith lightsaber techcrunch.com/2014/11/28/her…

Nov 28, 2014

And so it begins MT @TechCrunch: Star Wars, I Fixed Your Lightsaber Crossguard For You tcrn.ch/1pweRSD by @drizzled cc @jjaron

The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

techcrunch.com — You know all that crap that's listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It's ugly, and generally a waste of space.
Nov 28, 2014

Those weird e-labels on the back of your technology could be going away. tcrn.ch/1CpjrYG via @techcrunch pic.twitter.com/tsIZv3ydBn

Nov 28, 2014

The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets wp.me/p1FaB8-4zdR

Best Buy’s Website Crashes Hard On Black Friday

techcrunch.com — WHOOPS. Seems Best Buy was ill prepared for today's post-Turkey shopping madness - at least online. BestBuy.com has been down for nearly an hour now, on a sales day that the company likely hoped would be one of their best. It's unclear whether the outage is due to a technical screwup or traffic overwhelming their servers.

IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS

techcrunch.com — Black Friday is traditionally thought of as first day of holiday shopping in the U.S., but with more buying options (and promotions) becoming available online, many are now starting their shopping a day earlier, on Thanksgiving. As a bellwether for how e-commerce companies will fare in the busiest buying period of the year, yesterday was a mixed (shopping) bag.

PayPal’s Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Ken Miller is the COO of Gem. Previously he was VP of risk management at PayPal executive and adviser to Square. Recently, PayPal announced several partnerships aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers.
Nov 28, 2014

Ugh another tech man using his mom as the stereotypical dumb user. techcrunch.com/2014/11/28/pay… "though technically wise for her age"

Find Your Zen With Desert Golfing

techcrunch.com — If you're looking for something to do while sitting around with family as you all process the remainder of the Thanksgiving meal still working its way through your digestive tract, I've got something for you that will take very little effort but still provides hours of entertainment.

Line Purges Its Games Platform Again, Removing 15 Titles From Its Messaging Service

techcrunch.com — Today may be holiday time in the U.S., but it also seems to be a festive cleaning time in Japan. Line, the messaging app company with 500 million registered users, just announced the closure of 15 of its third-party games, that's nearly half of the titles on its games platform.
Nov 28, 2014

Sneaky Line announced shutdown of 15 games late on this Friday evening -- that's 35 games that it's closed since June techcrunch.com/2014/11/28/lin…

Line Purges Its Games Platform Again, Closing 15 Titles For Its Messaging Service

techcrunch.com — Today may be holiday time in the U.S., but it also seems to be a festive cleaning time in Japan. Line, the messaging app company with 500 million registered users, just announced the closure of 15 of its third-party games, that's nearly half of the titles on its games platform.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Line Purges Its Games Platform Again, Closing 15 Titles For Its Messaging Service tcrn.ch/1toGcCA by @jonrussell

You Can Now Watch The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Online

techcrunch.com — If you aren't heading to the movies today, you still won't miss out on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer - it's available now over at iTunes to watch.

Gimmie Raises $700,000 For A New Messaging-Based Lead Conversion Service

techcrunch.com — Gimmie, the mobile rewards startup that relocated to Singapore from the U.S. two years ago, has raised $700,000 in funding and launched a new service to help convert website traffic into customers using real-time messages.

Restaurant Guide Zomato Launches Mobile Ads And Prepares To Move Into Payments

techcrunch.com — Global restaurant discovery service Zomato pulled in $60 million in fresh funding just ten days ago, and now it's time to ramp up its monetization efforts after the India-headquartered company introduced advertising within its iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry apps. The company also told TechCrunch it will begin a cashless mobile payments trial next month.
Nov 28, 2014

Will be interesting to see if ambitious Zomato can expand its restaurant guide business into payments/loyalty in 2015 tcrn.ch/1HKnDCD

Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets

techcrunch.com — Want to know just how many people actually care about what you're tweeting? A new Twitter experiment spotted by ex-Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver will show many you how users are clicking on the links in the updates you post, with a handy link directly in the expanded Tweet view in the iOS application.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @mrjohncrowley: Twitter experiments with engagement stats directly in tweets tcrn.ch/1uMuCR9

Nov 27, 2014

Twitter experiments with engagement stats directly in tweets tcrn.ch/1uMuCR9

Nov 27, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets tcrn.ch/1uMuCR9 by @drizzled

European Parliament Backs Investigation To Break Up Google

techcrunch.com — A little Thanksgiving message from the European Parliament today: they support the idea of breaking up Google. While the search giant was not mentioned by name, members voted 384 to 174 (with 56 abstentions) in favor of a set of measures encouraged to drive more tech growth across the European Union.
Nov 28, 2014

European Parliament authorizes looking into splitting Search from the rest of the @Google empire techcrunch.com/2014/11/27/goo…

Nov 27, 2014

The idea that the EU would successfully split up Google makes me giggle techcrunch.com/2014/11/27/goo…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Other Google Services tcrn.ch/1voyoVR by @ingridlunden

Nov 27, 2014

European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Its Other Businesses tcrn.ch/1voyoVR via @techcrunch

MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart’s Vital Signs Easy

techcrunch.com — MOCAheart wants to make keeping track of your cardiovascular health as easy as pressing a button. The device, which is currently on Kickstarter, was developed by a team led by Naama Stauber and Dr. Daniel Hong, who was a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, one of the country's top teaching hospitals, before becoming an entrepreneur.
Nov 27, 2014

MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart's Vital Signs Easy tcrn.ch/1ptJ7h7

The Uber Supper | TechCrunch

techcrunch.com — As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin's stunning image of the infamous Uber "influentials" dinner, depicted as Leonardo Da Vinci's " Last Supper."

Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

techcrunch.com — Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli. A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here's what it looked like: It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/. In case you missed it, the URL slug says "Microsoft Acquires Acompli."
Nov 27, 2014

Nice find by @alex TechCrunch: Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli tcrn.ch/1y38lWq

Nov 27, 2014

Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli tcrn.ch/11We0k2

Nov 26, 2014

If this pans out, smart move by Microsoft. Acompli is by far my fav email app on iOS (the Android version needs work) techcrunch.com/2014/11/26/mic…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @CaseyNewton: In April I called Acompli a powerhouse email app for Outlook users. theverge.com/2014/4/24/5645… Now looks like MS bought: techcrunch.com/2014/11/26/mic…

Nov 26, 2014

First Twitter DM fail, now Microsoft appears to accidentally announce acquisition plans techcrunch.com/2014/11/26/mic… via @alex

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Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok

techcrunch.com — Seoul's startup industry has been awash with major funding news over the past few weeks. Earlier this month, Yello Mobile and game developer 4:33 Creative Lab Game Studio each disclosed that they had raised $100 million or more.
Nov 27, 2014

Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok tcrn.ch/1pqc0uD via @techcrunch

Nov 27, 2014

RT @CatherineShu: Another big raises for a Seoul-based startup: Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok tcrn.ch/1pqc0uD

Nov 27, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok tcrn.ch/1pqc0uD by @catherineshu

Nov 27, 2014

Another big raises for a Seoul-based startup: Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok tcrn.ch/1pqc0uD

Thankful | TechCrunch

techcrunch.com — Everything is awful. Terror is on the rise, the oceans are threatening our shores, humans are heartless, pitiless, and endlessly greedy. If we keep going the way we're going we will be hollow ghosts haunting a corn husk moon, our civilization returned to dust.  Time's running out. We fear.

How To Opt Out Of Twitter’s New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install

techcrunch.com — Twitter is now keeping track of which apps you have on your phone, and sending that data back to the mothership (birds nest?) Is it the worst offense in the world? Nah - they're not exactly perusing your browsing history and sending it to your grandmother, here.
Nov 27, 2014

How To Opt Out Of Twitter’s New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install tcrn.ch/1vm8uly via @techcrunch

Nov 26, 2014

RT @jaycbee: How To Opt Out Of Twitter’s New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: How To Opt Out Of Twitter's New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install tcrn.ch/1vm8uly by @grg